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Hashimoto's Disease

Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, affects 14 million people in the United States alone. It is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple, causing inflammation.

Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of the metabolism and other bodily functions. The resulting inflammation, if not treated early, can eventually lead to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age, as well as children. Our doctor here at Angel Longevity Medical Center, Dr. Anju Mathur, offers hashimotos disease treatment.

The symptoms

  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Restless sleep
  • Lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble focusing
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle or joint pains
  • Concentration problems
  • Sleepiness during the day

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What causes Hashimoto’s disease?

It is not specifically known what causes Hashimoto’s disease or triggers the immune system to suddenly start attacking the thyroid gland. However, the dysfunctional immune system could be triggered by the cumulative toxic burden on the body.

This can include, but is not be limited to: stress, injuries, sugar, heavy metals, chemicals, plastics, food additives, food allergies, refined and processed foods, viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold.

Here’s a closer look at the different triggers that may be associated with Hashimoto’s disease:

Food allergies

(especially gluten intolerance) have been found in patients with several different autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease.

Chronic viral infections

Including Epstein Barr virus, mycoplasma, CMV, or HHV 6 virus can cause Hashimoto’s disease. The chronic infections in the body can cause an imbalance of Th1 or Th2 immune pathways, leading to a dysfunctional immune system which fails to differentiate self from invading pathogens.

Many autoimmune disorders are created by this shift in immune pathways. Hashimoto’s disease is one such condition. This process can also be seen in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Genetic predisposition

Is seen in certain cases. In some patients, familial predisposition is a strong factor; both mother and daughter are seen to be afflicted with Hashimoto’s disease.

Pregnant women

Are also at a high risk of developing Hashimoto’s, as there are shifts in the immune system during pregnancy.

Too little or too much iodine

(or essential minerals like selenium, iron, or zinc) may cause inflammation of the thyroid gland.

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What diagnostic tests will I need?

Traditionally, doctors test for TSH to determine if a patient has thyroid issues. However, TSH only tells us if communication between the pituitary and thyroid gland is intact. It does not tell us anything about the thyroid cellular activity which reflects the actual thyroid status of a person.

Thyroid hormone is needed by virtually every cell in the body. The thyroid gland produces 80% T4 and 20% T3. T4 is converted to T3 in peripheral tissues, especially the liver.

TSH is not a good indicator of thyroid status, especially in Hashimoto’s disease, because as cells are destroyed and subsequently release T4, TSH could remain normal.

Since Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, antibodies against thyroid proteins (thyroid peroxidases and thyroglobulin) may be elevated, but not always. If your antibodies are elevated, you have the diagnosis. But, if antibodies are negative, it does not rule out Hashimoto’s disease. This is a complex disorder and should be evaluated thoroughly using all diagnostic modalities to obtain a complete clinical picture.

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How we test for Hashimoto’s disease

At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we do comprehensive thyroid testing including free T4, free T3, reverse T3, antibodies against thyroid peroxidase enzyme, and thyroglobulin antibodies. We also have the patient take their basal body temperature, another clinical indicator of thyroid function.

The right tests and an early diagnosis can help halt the progression of the disease and heal the inflammation in your thyroid gland, thus preserving as much thyroid function as possible.

Our holistic treatment approach

This autoimmune disease has a root cause in each patient, and it is not necessarily the same for everyone. Identifying the personalized trigger for each patient is what we do. We use what is called an integrative functional medicine approach – which is designed to thoroughly investigate and determine the cause of the condition and the appropriate treatment.

Once diagnosed, our hashimotos disease treatment should begin immediately if the thyroid gland is to be saved. If left untreated, it can lead to other health problems, such as heart conditions, severe depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. These may not be amenable to standard treatment with an antidepressant, pain killers, or heart medications.

What are the natural treatments for Hashimoto’s disease?

Treatment is highly personalized depending upon the individual being treated. If the patient is showing antibodies against the thyroid, treatment should begin immediately to halt the progress of the disease and save as much thyroid tissue as possible.

Immune boosting modalities will help reverse the disease. Treatment that boosts Th1 pathways and calms down hyperactive Th2 pathways will reverse the disease. This is very helpful, especially when chronic viral infections are present.

Chronic viral infections should be treated if they are present. This could halt the disease by treating the underlying cause. We use nutritional supplements as well as intravenous therapies to address the viral load.

Identifying food allergies and sensitivities will eliminate the trigger factor in many patients. Treating leaky gut will resolve the hyperpermeability issue in the gut. As 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, it makes sense to balance the microbiome by increasing intake of probiotics and eliminating any infection present in this area.

Hashimoto’s Disease vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the difference?

In the beginning phases of Hashimoto’s disease, thyroid cells are damaged by antibodies produced by the immune system or the thyroid itself. The damaged thyroid cells begin releasing thyroid hormones in excess, producing symptoms that look like overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism.

The patient may experience palpitations, anxiety, sweating, tremors, diarrhea, and rapid weight loss. When the attack abates, thyroid hormone levels could come back to normal or become subnormal.

In this phase, the patient may feel tired, lethargic, mentally slow or depressed. They may be unable to lose weight or experience alarming weight gain despite diet and exercise.

This is like a roller coaster ride and usually a conundrum that can baffle practitioner and patient alike. As the disease progresses, more and more of thyroid tissue is destroyed, ultimately leading to hypothyroidism. At this stage, the patient will require lifelong thyroid hormone replacement medicine.

Meet Dr. Anju Mathur

Getting the correct treatment plan for each patient is what Hashimoto’s disease treatment doctor, Anju Mathur, M.D., specializes in. With her comprehensive “Back to Wellness Program,” she uses treatment protocols that can reduce the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and improve overall thyroid function.

As a thyroid doctor, Dr. Mathur uses what is called an integrative functional medicine approach, which is designed to thoroughly investigate and determine the appropriate treatment protocols. Her “Back to Wellness Program” helps patients improve their overall levels of health and wellness with advanced therapies.

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Our Back to Wellness Program

Hashimoto’s disease treatment specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur, offers her “Back to Wellness Program” to patients suffering from the effects of this autoimmune disease. Because triggers for the condition vary from patient to patient, she does a comprehensive analysis of patient history, lifestyle factors, diet, and emotions. She evaluates multiple bodily systems, including the endocrine, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems.

Upon completing a thorough analysis of the patient’s current state of health, Dr. Mathur will customize a “Back to Wellness Program” for patients with carefully selected therapies that will improve their particular conditions and imbalances.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may improve this condition because it can supplement thyroid hormone with a version that is identical to what is produced by the human body. Phospholipid exchange therapy can detoxify the body at a cellular level, and IV nutrient therapy can help the body get the nutrition it needs to support a healthy immune system.

Patients can receive a customized treatment protocol that will reduce the effects of Hashimoto’s disease and improve overall immune function. To learn how to improve thyroid function, reduce the effects of Hashimoto’s, and increase your quality of life, please call Hashimoto’s specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur at 323-661-7661.

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Covid19 and Your Immune System – A special message from Our Founder, Dr. Anju Mathur

Update March, 22nd:

We remain open to provide crucial services to all our patients and we are welcoming new patients.

Our most important goal is to remain healthy and maintain or build a strong immune system. In an effort to do so, we researched and have found a special test to analyze the overall state of health of your immune system.

A healthy immune system is the only thing that will either keep you from getting Covid19 or if you do contract it, keep the symptoms as mild as possible and the recovery as quick as possible. Because of this, we want to provide the opportunity for you to come in and have the overall health of your immune system tested.

If you are interested in this new blood test to find out what the overall state of your immune system is like, you should contact us right away and make an appointment.

We have negotiated some very special pricing on this test and are including your test and report of findings consultation with Dr. Anju Mathur along with her recommendations to maintain your overall immune health for only $199.

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Our doctor has also prepared a special message for you:

Update March, 16th:

In recent weeks we have all seen the news about the Coronavirus and even worse, we have seen blatantly threatening news reports, and our friends and family scared out of their wits.

I urge you not to panic. If you are not sure what to do, contact us and we will help you.

Coronavirus is real, but for healthy people it is not a death sentence. The mortality rate is only relatively high in immune compromised people or with other medical issues. Per Dr. SHIVA Ayyadurai, MIT PhD, “Viruses are NOT what kill & harm us (trillions of them in & around us) - rather the over-reaction of a weak & dysfunctional immune system caused by “underlying pre-existing conditions””… “CDCgov can bring CoronaVirus to its knees fast & stop deaths of seniors & immunocompromised by AT LEAST EQUAL emphasis- NOW - on specific foods & supplements to STRENGTHEN our Immune Systems.”

The best and right thing to do is to build up your immune system to be more resistant. In addition to high dose vitamin C, major autohemotherapy, and ultraviolet blood irradiation intravenous therapy, we are putting together our anti-viral supplement package for you. Call us for details.

Until then, we recommend you use very good hygiene practices:

  1. Wash your hands for 40 seconds with soap and hot water.
  2. Wear a mask if you are sick, coughing or sneezing, or have mucus. (Change mask every day).
  3. Wipe down your phone and doorknobs.
  4. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth).
  5. Use chemical-free anti-bacterial sprays and wipes (you can use essential oils, apple cider vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide)

Also, I want to share a wonderful anti-viral tea recipe:

Anti Viral TEA Recipe by Dr Mathur

Ingredients:

  1. Fresh Grated Ginger-3 Tablespoons
  2. black whole kernels peppercorns- 20-30 pieces
  3. Cinnamon Stick- 1
  4. Black Cloves- 5-8.

Place all of the above ingredients in 3 cups of water and then boil for 20-30 minutes until the water turns black. Then strain it and drink it with some coconut or Almond milk and palm sugar or stevia.

Remember, these symptoms are treatable. You do not have to freak out. Be smart, keep your immune system healthy.

If you do contract the virus, let us know. Don’t panic, we are here for you.

Find facts instead of hysteria here.

John Hopkins reports 70,000 people have recovered worldwide.

Highest percentage of deaths are from immunocompromised patients and patients over 80 years old.

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